Happy Thursday. WHAT YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT, THE JANUARY MESS EDITION … SO: Most Democrats have been saying they want a deal to fix DACA to be part of a government-funding package — the government runs out of money eight days from today. But a chorus of Republicans have told us privately that a DACA package cannot be ready by next week — Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said publicly an agreement can be in place, but floor action by next week is tight. (h/t NBC’s Hill producer extraordinaire Alex Moe (@alexnbcnews) http://bit.ly/2D2TrIz).
— THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR MANY DEMOCRATS, who say their vote on funding the government is contingent upon a DACA deal moving through Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have been saying they want a DACA deal since September! Of course, if an agreement is firm, and in place, and is to the liking of many Democrats, maybe they take a leap of faith and vote to fund the government without a DACA deal on the president’s desk.
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CASE IN POINT: “Democratic leaders face internal mutiny over Dreamers deal,” by Heather Caygle and Seung Min Kim: “Democratic leaders are facing a potential revolt within their ranks as they edge toward a deal with Republicans that would protect Dreamers from deportation but also include concessions to conservatives that many Democratic lawmakers say are unacceptable … [M]any Democrats, particularly in the House, are horrified that their leaders would even agree to discuss issues beyond legal status for Dreamers and limited measures to curb illegal immigration. The concerns span multiple factions of the Democratic conference, and, combined with opposition from Republican immigration hard-liners, they could put passage of a DACA deal at risk.” http://politi.co/2Dg4RGt
— WITHOUT A DEAL, HOW DOES CONGRESS KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN WITHOUT DEMOCRATS? Good question. It’s a question that even top Republicans couldn’t answer last night. Things are complicated, at the moment. Congress is trying to get a budget-cap deal to increase spending by roughly $100 billion. That’s not done yet, and Congress heads out of town in the next day until Tuesday. So it’s feasible Congress will have to pass another short-term spending deal.
— CAN THEY DO THAT? Maybe not. A mix of Republican defense hawks and budget writers are bone tired of short-term spending plans. Democrats could be peeved they don’t have a DACA deal. COULD THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN? Yeah, sure, maybe. Overall, it’s always unlikely, but it’s probably as likely as ever.
PRESIDENT TRUMP has said the following things: he’d sign any DACA bill that Congress comes up with and he’ll not sign a DACA bill unless it also allows for building a border wall with Mexico. THERE’S A REAL RISK that Congress comes up with something that Trump won’t sign. His mixed messages are a problem for a Capitol Hill under a time crunch. Not to mention, the DACA deal President Donald Trump is envisioning would tear his party apart.
BY THE WAY … We’re 103 days into a fiscal year. There’s no budget caps deal. There’s no spending plan. AND …
… THIS IS SOMETHING REPUBLICANS LAMBASTED DEMOCRATS FOR! “GOP may skip budget, kneecapping 2018 ambitions,” by Rachael Bade and Sarah Ferris: “White House and Hill GOP leaders discussed the possibility of forgoing the painful budget process during last weekend’s Camp David legislative summit, according to four sources familiar with the talks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has argued that he cannot pass controversial deficit-reduction legislation using powerful budget procedures with his new 51-vote majority — and wasn’t even sure he could find the votes for a fiscal blueprint in the first place.” http://politi.co/2Dk18I3
— REMEMBER THIS? Republicans pushed no-budget-no-pay language just a few years ago to shame Democrats!
NOT TO MENTION, THIS REALITY — “House Republicans’ Hard-line Immigration Stand Clashes With Trump Overture,” by NYT’s Tom Kaplan and Sheryl Stolberg: “The proposal, championed by the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, would crack down on illegal immigration and sharply reduce the number of legal immigrants to the United States. Coming one day after Mr. Trump held an extraordinary meeting in which he laid out the parameters for a bipartisan immigration deal, the House proposal highlighted the uncertainty surrounding negotiations that are supposed to coalesce before the government runs out of money on Jan. 19.
“‘This is the only bill that’s going to unify the conference, and it’s going to get us to a majority of the conference,’ said Representative Raúl R. Labrador, Republican of Idaho, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who participated in Tuesday’s White House meeting.” http://nyti.ms/2qTAkvK
A QUICK STEP BACK — TRUMP appears to be envisioning a cartoonish Washington that is closer to “The West Wing” than reality. Getting Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in a room with senior Republicans doesn’t mean a deal is coming together. In reality, it gives incentive for the poles to run to their corners.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — JAMIE RUBIN — former top Bill Clinton-era State Department official who advised Hillary Clinton and John Kerry’s campaigns — is moving back to Washington from London, and is joining Ballard Partners, a firm run by Brian Ballard, a major Florida player close with Donald Trump. Rubin joins Robert Wexler, a former member of Congress from Florida, as the two prominent Democrats at the firm. Rubin told us yesterday that people around the globe are “deeply puzzled about Washington” — and he hopes to help the firm’s clients decipher D.C. and the global scene. … FORMER REP. BOB DOLD (R-ILL.) is joining the strategic communications and public affairs practice of Forbes Tate Partners.
SPOTTED — Tom Delay and Lanny Davis last night at the Hay-Adams Hotel — pic http://bit.ly/2CPNpaY (fix your tie, Lanny!) (h/t Eleanor McManus, Lanny’s colleague at Trident DMG) … Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) last night at Scarlet Oak, a restaurant on the Hill
TODAY’S WORLD — @mviser: “President Trump, who has said Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States and Ted Cruz’s father was behind JFK assassination, says laws should make it harder to say things that are false.” … @PhilipRucker: “We are now 14 months removed from the election and Trump is invoking Hillary Clinton, repeatedly, in a news conference with visiting Norwegian prime minister.” … @markberman: “‘Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false,’ @realDonaldTrump said today. During his first year in office, Trump has publicly made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims as president, averaging more than 5.6 such claims per day”. … @rebeccagberg: “Top words to describe President Trump’s first year in office: disaster chaotic successful horrible great good embarrassing terrible interesting awesome Per Quinnipiac”: http://bit.ly/2AQoy54
— @PeterAlexander: “RIGHT NOW: President Trump, former reality star of The Apprentice, welcomes press to today’s Cabinet meeting: ‘Welcome back to the studio!’”
— POOL REPORT DU JOUR — From pooler George Condon of National Journal: “He clearly had enjoyed what he called ‘the reviews’ of the session. They were, he said, ‘phenomenal’ especially in the hours immediately after the meeting. But then, he said, two networks flipped their tone after two hours. ‘Their bosses called.’ He said the White House had received laudatory letters from two anchors before the flip. ‘Then they went a little bit south on us.’ Because he is so newsy, he predicted the news media would be supportive of him in 2020. Without him, ‘you guys will be out of business.’ Except, he added for one group – ‘The boom holders will still be there.’”
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POLITICO SCOOP — “Trump’s secret plan to scrap Obamacare,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Early last year as an Obamacare repeal bill was flailing in the House, top Trump administration officials showed select House conservatives a secret road map of how they planned to gut the health law using executive authority. The March 23 document, which had not been public until now, reveals that while the effort to scrap Obamacare often looked chaotic, top officials had actually developed an elaborate plan to undermine the law — regardless of whether Congress repealed it. …
“The blueprint, built off the executive order to minimize Obamacare’s ‘economic burden,’ that Trump signed just hours after taking the oath of office, shows just how advanced the administration’s plans were to unwind the law — plans that would become far more important after the legislative efforts to repeal Obamacare failed. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) obtained the one-page document from the Trump administration last month after blocking three of the administration’s health nominees to get it. Casey, who shared it with POLITICO, called it a list of options for ‘sabotage.’” http://politi.co/2D16Vo1 … The document http://politi.co/2Ey5Lhb
— “Trump Officials, After Rejecting Obama Medicare Model, Adopt One Like It,” by NYT’s Robert Pear: “In a notable back flip, the Trump administration has decided that maybe the Obama administration was right in its efforts to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid under Medicare. The Trump administration said late Tuesday that it was starting a Medicare payment model very similar to the ones it canceled and curtailed last year. The Obama administration devised the earlier projects using authority in the Affordable Care Act. In the new program, as described by Trump appointees, Medicare will make a single ‘bundled payment’ for nearly all the services provided in a 90-day period to certain Medicare patients who are admitted to a hospital or have certain outpatient medical procedures.” http://nyti.ms/2AOWZsV
KEEP AN EYE ON THIS TODAY — ON THE HOUSE FLOOR — NYT: “Surveillance and Privacy Debate Reaches Pivotal Moment in Congress” http://nyti.ms/2DjHufi
HARASSMENT FILES — “House closes in on plan to fix its workplace harassment system,” by Elana Schor: “The House is nearing agreement on a bipartisan plan to overhaul its workplace misconduct system after sexual harassment scandals forced the resignation or retirement of five lawmakers. The chairman of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), said that he hoped to release the harassment legislation next week, send it from his panel to the House floor and possibly also steer it to House passage before the end of the week. …
“Harper and two other participants in the chamber’s bipartisan talks on remodeling the Capitol’s handling of harassment complaints — criticized by advocates, aides and lawmakers alike as unfairly burdensome for victims — confirmed that the final legislation would ban the use of members’ personal budgets to pay for misconduct settlements.” http://politi.co/2CPxp90
— NBC NEWS’ JON ALLEN: “Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump’s State of the Union”: “Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address later this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker who has been a prominent voice on sexual misconduct. … Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pressured [Rep. Lois] Frankel not to hold mock hearings with women who have accused Trump of sexual assault … Pelosi told Frankel and other Democrats that such a ‘hearing’ … would distract from a focus on victims across the country and on developing bipartisan efforts to craft legislation on sexual assault and harassment issues, according to two sources who were in the room.” http://nbcnews.to/2CXXJ41
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA,” by Reuters’ David Ljunggren in London, Ontario: “Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. … Officials are due to hold a sixth and penultimate round of negotiations in Montreal from Jan. 23-28 as time runs out to bridge major differences. It is not certain the United States would quit NAFTA even if Trump gave the required six months’ notice, since he is not obliged to act once the deadline runs out. Notice of withdrawal could also raise opposition in Congress.” http://reut.rs/2qQusDv
DACA’S REAL-WORLD IMPACT — “Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate,” by NYT’s Vivian Yee, Caitlin Dickerson and Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “With jitters and with prayers, with countdown clocks in their heads and their immigration lawyers on speed-dial, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have spent all fall and winter watching President Trump and congressional leaders negotiate their fate, every fleck of news a tantalizing omen. ‘It’s like watching a telenovela: Every day is different,’ said Francis Madi, 28, who was brought to the United States from Venezuela in 2003 and now lives on Long Island. ‘Now we’re just going to the stressful part of the telenovela where you wonder what will happen to the protagonist.’ The protagonist, in this case, happens to be her.” http://nyti.ms/2D1U8mr
— BIG BUSINESS also weighed in with more than 100 CEOs from companies like Microsoft, AT&T, GM, Verizon, Hilton, Apple and others signed a letter they want a DACA fix by Jan. 19. The Coalition for the American Dream, which organized the letter, is also running ads in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The letter http://bit.ly/2CQuOM1
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “White House cellphone ban set to take effect Jan. 16,” by Andrew Restuccia: “White House chief of staff John Kelly sent a memo to staff on Wednesday detailing the upcoming ban on personal cellphones in the West Wing — and cautioning that violators could be subject to ‘disciplinary action.’ The ban, according to a copy of the memo obtained by POLITICO and confirmed by two White House officials, goes into effect on Jan. 16. It bans ‘all portable electronic devices’ not issued or authorized by the White House from ‘being carried into or otherwise possessed’ in the West Wing from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. ‘Such portable electronic devices may be carried into or otherwise possessed in the West Wing at other times,’ the memo says.” http://politi.co/2meHViS
MEA CULPA — @mkraju: “FEINSTEIN says she’s sorry to Grassley for not giving him a headsup about the release of the Fusion GPS transcript. ‘I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me,’ she told us. ‘I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.’” … “Asked who pressured her, Feinstein says: ‘I wasn’t pressured’ without reconciling her two statements. Her office later said she misspoke and wasn’t pressured to release transcript.”
TRUMP’S THURSDAY — President Trump will lead a roundtable discussion on prison reform. He will also meet with his national security team.
A WAVE? — ELENA SCHNEIDER and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Rash of retirements dim GOP hopes of keeping the House” http://politi.co/2CYtFVX
— HIS MUSCLE: “Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team,” by WaPo’s Matt Zapotosky: “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes. Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to Mueller’s team in early November from the Justice Department’s computer crime and intellectual-property section, said a spokesman for the special counsel’s office. He joined 16 other lawyers who are highly respected by their peers but who have come under fire from Republicans wary of some of their political contributions to Democrats.” http://wapo.st/2D2Lfc4
— TRUMP TAKING A PASS ON CHATTING WITH HIM, via WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus: “‘When you have no collusion and nobody has found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you’d even have an interview,’ Mr. Trump said, speaking at a news conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. ‘Certainly we’ll see what happens.’” http://on.wsj.com/2D34KjZ
DEPT. OF NOT RIPPING UP THE IRAN DEAL — “AP sources: Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran” http://bit.ly/2mjiYCP
HOT VIDEO — Roel Geeraedts (@RGjournalist): “Today Dutch press welcomed @petehoekstra as new ambassador to the Netherlands. In 2015 Hoekstra said Dutch ‘politicians are being burned’ (not true). The only one who did get burned today is… Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions.” 30-second video http://bit.ly/2mgFAE2
SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Panel: Marc Lotter, Adrienne Elrod, John Bussey, Juan Williams. Power Player: Derrick Dockery, a former NFL star who now works for Speaker Paul Ryan — a photo of Derrick and Chris Wallace http://bit.ly/2D2PKn9
— GIVEN HIS BACKGROUND, Derrick will be a fascinating interview on Fox. He hasn’t done much — if any — media since coming to the Capitol in 2014.
WHITE HOUSE, MCCONNELL ON DIFFERENT PAGES WHEN IT COMES TO OHIO SENATE RACE …
— WAPO: “GOP Rep. Jim Renacci meets with White House officials, plans to run for Senate seat in Ohio” http://wapo.st/2AQ0bnR
— BUZZFEED: “J.D. Vance Is Now Seriously Considering Running For Senate In Ohio: The Hillbilly Elegy author is fielding increased calls for him to enter the race now that Josh Mandel has dropped out. And he’s in Washington this week, talking to Republican leaders about the possibility.” http://bzfd.it/2D0EZS3
PALM BEACH READ — “Trump campaign hawks Palm Beach dinner contest to mark inauguration anniversary,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “President Donald Trump is taking another page out of Barack Obama’s playbook by hawking a private South Florida dinner later this month at Mar-a-Lago to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. The Trump 2020 campaign offer blasted out Wednesday via text message said ‘two great Americans’ who give as little as $3 will be entered in the contest for the Jan. 20 meal — ‘Flight and Hotel included’ — in Palm Beach, Florida. … Trump campaign executive director Michael Glassner told POLITICO the event will be held at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago retreat. The campaign text message does mistakenly say in one place that the dinner will happen in ‘Palm Springs’, rather than Palm Beach.” http://politi.co/2mqBj1J
MICHAEL KRUSE in Austin, Ind., in POLITICO Magazine, “Heartland Democrats to Washington: ‘You’re Killing Us’: A new report blames an elitist national party for alienating vast swaths of once reliable voters. If the party doesn’t win them back, it could spell disaster in 2020”: http://politi.co/2Ey4nuR
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NOTHING TO SEE HERE — “How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed From Federal Websites? A Lot,” by NYT’s Coral Davenport: “Nearly a year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government, according to a report made public Wednesday … by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative … ‘Why are these federal agencies putting so much effort into “science cleansing” instead of using time and resources to fulfill agency responsibilities, such as protecting the environment and advancing energy security?’ they wrote. ‘Removing information regarding climate change from federal websites does not affect the reality of climate change, but may serve to obfuscate the subject and inject doubt regarding the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and that it is caused by human activity.’” http://nyti.ms/2FoMyzA
HMM — “Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health programs,” by WaPo’s Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin: “Federal health officials have suspended a program that helps thousands of professionals and community groups across the country find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance use disorders. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices is housed within the Health and Human Services Department’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. … Officials declined to say why the registry was suspended, nor did they give specifics about how the new approach will work, when it will launch or whether existing validated programs will be included.” http://wapo.st/2mj76AH
BUSINESS BURST — “Trump Administration Seeks to Change Rules on Bank Lending to the Poor,” by WSJ’s Rachel Louise Ensign and Ryan Tracy: “The Trump administration plans to unveil a major revision to decades-old banking rules that mandate lending to poor borrowers. Changes to the regulations of the Community Reinvestment Act—a law first enacted in 1977—could potentially transform the way banks make billions of dollars in loans, investments and donations to poorer customers. … Community groups that support the law fear that any rollback could mean poorer people over time would have less access to loans and banking services.” http://on.wsj.com/2D0dh7Z
VALLEY TALK — “Apple Seen Getting Possible $4 Billion Boost From Tax-Law Quirk,” by Bloomberg’s Lynnley Browning: “Companies that stockpiled trillions of dollars offshore free of U.S. income tax may get one last break before paying up — provided their fiscal years don’t follow the calendar year. A timing quirk in the tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed last month may be good news for companies such as Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc., all of which began their fiscal years before Jan. 1. … Apple alone, which disclosed an offshore cash hoard of $252 billion as of Sept. 30, may be able to lop more than $4 billion off a future tax bill … ‘This bill was passed on a speed train schedule with no time to think,’ said [Stephen] Shay, who was a senior Treasury Department official during the administrations of former presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.” https://bloom.bg/2D2myN9
MEDIAWATCH – “Conservative media face a post-Bannon landscape,” by Jason Schwartz: “One day after Steve Bannon’s ouster from Breitbart News roiled the conservative media world, some saw new opportunity on Wednesday for other sites to rise, others felt that Breitbart would be just fine, and still others were simply happy to see the former master of the media dark arts vanquished.” http://politi.co/2Di2gvV
— “First in Morning Media: Yahoo News editor-in-chief Daniel Klaidman and chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff are launching a new podcast, ‘Skullduggery,’ that will dive into the latest revelations in the Russia investigation and also examine other Washington scandals. … Former attorney general Eric Holder will … appear on the inaugural episode.”
SPOTTED: Corey Lewandowski last night at the St. Regis, “furiously making phone calls” (h/t Hanna Trudo) … former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller and Corey at dinner last night at BLT Prime at the Trump hotel. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was at a separate table … Speaker Paul Ryan walking into Stanton & Greene during lunchtime yesterday.
SPOTTED at BP’s annual open house last night at the National Gallery of Art’s Vermeer exhibition: Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Mary Streett, Clyde Tuggle, Ken Duberstein, Fred and Genny Ryan, Aubrey Rothrock, Linda Douglass, Tim Berry, Steve Elmendorf, Maura Keefe, Julie Dwyer, Larry Burton and Robyn Engibous.
TRANSITIONS – Tucker Martin has been hired as SVP for the MWCAdvocacy team of McGuireWoods Consulting in Richmond. He most recently did communications consulting on his own and was communications director and senior strategist for the Super PAC America Leads. … Sarah Dolan has started as communications director at America Rising. She most recently was the director of media relations at the National Restaurant Association and is an alum of former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – JEB ALUMNI: Megan Sowards Newton, an attorney in the election law practice at Jones Day and former general counsel for Jeb 2016, and Ted Newton, president of Gravity Strategic Communications, on Tuesday welcomed son Rhys Robert Newton at Georgetown Hospital. He was born at 3:18 a.m. at 6 pounds, 17 inches. Pic http://politi.co/2qXwpOH
— TRUMP ALUMNI — Paul Winfree, who recently left the White House as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council and director of budget policy and is now at the Heritage Foundation, and Jade Winfree, a senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office, on Wednesday welcomed Ezra Paul Winfree. “Everyone doing well.” Pic http://politi.co/2qRWlej
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Nat Wienecke
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jonathan Kott, senior adviser and communications director for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). A fun fact about Jon: “I volunteer at the Poplar Springs animal farm sanctuary and am friends with Josie, a blind and deaf sheep.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2FpPLPy
BIRTHDAYS: Travis Shank … the White House’s Alex Stone (hat tip: Brian Jack) … Steven Law, president and CEO of Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads … Ben Finkenbinder is 33 … Rashida Jones, SVP of specials for MSNBC/NBC News (h/t Rachel Adler) … Mary Podesta … ABC News’ Caragh Fisher … Walter R. Mears, a “Boy on the Bus” and former AP newsman … Alex Sarp … Joe Lai is 38 … Caroline Ingram … Ben Barrett of New America … Virginia Reynolds Hatmaker … Ashley Czin, senior director of policy and research at PhRMA (hubby tip: Mike) … Randy Borntrager, CEO of BluePledge and alum of People For the American Way … Goldman Sachs’ Cat Morris … Gerald Rafshoon (h/t Margaret Carlson) … Politico Europe’s Alex White … Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) is 58 … Ron Phillips … Anne Cronin …
… Daria Grastara, digital strategist at the NRCC (h/t Melissa Brown) … Mike Reamy … John Dao … Jim Hightower … John Sonsalla … UNH’s Dante Scala … Chris Jusuf, comms director for Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) (h/t Kate Dolgenos) … Rachel Rodgers … Philadelphia City Councilwoman-at-large Helen Gym, an education advocate who was elected in 2015 (h/t Jordan Konell) … Catherine Andrews … Kevin Mooney … CR Wooters, principal at Mehlman Castagnetti … Grant Card … Lisa Langer … John Emerson, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … John Milne … Brooke Anderson … the former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, is 84 (h/t AP)
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